Connell Smith

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Connell Smith is a reporter with CBC in Saint John. He can be reached at 632-7726 Connell.smith@cbc.ca

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Saint John councillors reluctantly approve municipal reform package

Saint John councillors have reluctantly endorsed a proposed list of provincial and municipal reforms aimed at helping the city through a looming financial crisis.

Former nurse practitioner at Saint John jail suspended

The Nurses Association of New Brunswick has suspended longtime nurse practitioner Chandra Dawn Hume, who was responsible for the care of inmates at the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre.

Regulator takes control of Sussex woodlot owners group

New Brunswick's Forest Products Commission has taken control of the Sussex-based SNB Forest Products Marketing Board in a move described as showing "no respect" for woodlot owners.

Saint John councillor wants building owners to pay more of demolition costs

A Saint John councillor says too much of the cost for the removal of vacant and dilapidated buildings is being borne by the municipality.

March trial set for Saint John man accused of manslaughter after boardwalk wrangle

A jury trial will start in March for 20-year-old William Ronald Jordan of Saint John, charged after a navy veteran was fatally injured on the Saint John boardwalk last summer.

Former Social Development employee pleads guilty to child porn charges

A retired employee of New Brunswick's Department of Social Development has pleaded guilty in Saint John to one charge of possessing child pornography and one charge of distributing child pornography.

AG stands by her report on controversial Saint John bailout

New Brunswick's auditor general says nothing she heard during a two-day hearing by the legislature's public accounts committee has changed her opinion about the former Gallant government's controversial $22.8 million bailout package for the city of Saint John.

Brian Gallant defends Saint John bailout package under former Liberal government

Brian Gallant came out swinging Tuesday in defence of a controversial $22.8 million bailout package extended by his government last year to the City of Saint John. 

Provincial reform proposal barely survives at Saint John council meeting

Saint John Mayor Don Darling broke a tie vote Thursday night, effectively giving the city and the province one more month to come to an agreement on municipal reform.

Smaller Saint John? Moving boundaries among ideas in action plan

The provincial government says it will introduce reforms to assist the City of Saint John through its financial crisis but will not extend emergency funding provided by the former Liberal government.
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Death of sick inmate at Saint John jail 'a pretty significant failure,' ombud says

Correctional officers were supposed to check on Jeffrey Ryan every 15 minutes. By the time someone went into his cell, Ryan was cold to the touch and rigor mortis had already set in, according to a previously secret investigation report.

6 west Saint John neighbourhoods to switch to east side water system

Less than two years after switching Saint John's west side to a new drinking water system, the city is now diverting many of those same neighbourhoods to a new water source.

'Context missing,' says former Saint John Harbour official disparaged in election case

The former returning officer for the riding of Saint John Harbour says he bears no ill will toward anyone after testimony in the court challenge of the election results revealed he was almost removed from his job two weeks before the Sept. 24 vote.

'Astonishingly low' chance of PC win if rejected ballots distributed fairly, court told

The lawyer for former Progressive Conservative candidate Barry Ogden grilled expert witness Peter Loewen on Thursday in a court case that could overturn the election results in the riding of Saint John Harbour.

Elections NB considered removing 'technically challenged' Saint John Harbour returning officer

New Brunswick's chief electoral officer considered removing the Saint John Harbour returning officer about two weeks before the provincial election, a court challenge of the Sept. 24 results heard Tuesday.